The Ombudsman for Children is monitoring a criminal case conducted by the District Prosecutor’s Office in Częstochowa, and has also decided to join the custody case conducted before the District Court in Częstochowa, we learned from the RPD office. It is about the case of eight-year-old Kamil, who suffered for five days after being beaten and burned in his home, and for the fourth week he is fighting for his life in the hospital.
For eight-year-old Kamil from Częstochowa, over PLN 600,000 was collected on the Internet. This is the reaction of Internet users to media reports about the boy’s suffering.
The problem is that there is no one to manage the money. Kamil is in the hospital and does not need them for now. His father has had his parental rights terminated and his mother is in custody.
The issue of custody of Kamil’s assets is to be dealt with by the family court in Częstochowa, but for now the files are with the Ombudsman for Children.
“Children’s Rights Ombudsman took up the described case ex officio. The Ombudsman gained access to the files of the preparatory proceedings and monitors the criminal case conducted by the District Prosecutor’s Office in Częstochowa, and also decided to join the guardianship case conducted before the District Court in Częstochowa.
Stepfather, mother, aunt, uncle – with allegations, the prosecutor checks the service
The District Prosecutor’s Office in Częstochowa is investigating the attempted murder of eight-year-old Kamil. On March 29, the boy was beaten and scalded with boiling water, resulting in burns to 25 percent of his body. Doctors from the Upper Silesian Children’s Health Center, where Kamil was hospitalized on April 3, also found old fractures of both arms and legs, a hematoma on the head, traces of cigarette burns, and estimated the time of the oldest injury a month before admission to the hospital.
The main suspect is the boy’s stepfather, 27-year-old Dawid B. The accusations of failure to provide help were heard by other relatives of Kamil who lived with him: mother, 35-year-old Magdalena B., her sister, 45-year-old Aneta J. and her husband, 61-year-old Wojciech J. The women are also suspected of not reacting to the torture. According to the investigation, they saw Dawid B. beat the boy, pour boiling water in the shower, and finally throw him on a hot coal stove. Stepfather and mother are in custody.
Investigators are looking at the services that were interested in the family. B. were assigned a social worker and a family assistant, supervised by a probation officer. Kamil went to school. On March 30, the day after the tragedy, he did not come. The school knew from his mother that he poured warm tea on his face. She did not pass this information on to other services. No one looked at the boy until April 3, when his biological father found him in his ex-wife’s apartment and called an ambulance.
Who will manage Kamil’s money, who decides about treatment?
On April 19, the family court in Częstochowa sent the case files to the Ombudsman for Children. When they return to court, the latter, at the request of the District Prosecutor’s Office in Częstochowa, is to appoint a curator who will manage Kamil’s property. – Such a decision can be made by the court without convening a meeting – says Dominik Bogacz, spokesman for the District Court in Częstochowa.
A separate and more time-consuming issue is the withdrawal of Magdalena B.’s parental rights, which was also requested by the prosecutor. Apart from Kamil, the woman also has five other children who are secured in foster care.
As Bogacz says, the matter of parental rights is not urgent and will probably be decided in May at the earliest. The court must notify the mother of this and bring her to the hearing if she so wishes. Until then, the cases of Magdalena B.’s children, such as treatment, are decided by the family court each time, and decisions – as Bogacz assures – can be made within one or two days. – Unless it concerns saving lives, then doctors do not need court approval and make their own decisions – explains Bogacz.
The hospital is to decide to wake up Kamil
Kamil has been in a pharmacological coma since April 3. His biggest problem is burn disease, made worse by the fact that he has not received medical attention for five days. Coma relieves pain and is primarily required for the removal of dead tissue and skin grafts that a small patient undergoes. On Monday, GCZD announced that this week a decision may be made to wake the boy up gradually. It all depends on his health, which has been difficult from the beginning.
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